Kent State Student Multicultural Center

KENT STATE STUDENT MULTICULTURAL CENTER

For my capstone class project, I partnered with three other peers to create a SMART and strategic PR plan for the Student Multicultural Center (SMC). We were tasked with gaining more awareness and involvement of the SMC to students of color both on and off Kent State’s campus. After working for the SMC for an entire semester, I developed a connection with issues pertaining to diversity and wanted to further my efforts with the SMC by volunteering as their PR assistant. I now handle all media relations, social media and events for the Student Multicultural Center.

 

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KSU Student Multicultural Center Hosts Discrimination Workshop

SMC Educates Kent Campus on Handling Negative Situations and Racial Bias

KENT (March 14, 2017) – Due to the emergency meeting of Kent State’s Black United Students, the Student Multicultural Center (SMC) and Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) will host the first Discrimination Station workshop for all students and faculty. The meeting will be one of various events housed by the SMC as it aims to handle bias and discrimination throughout Kent State campus.

Discrimination Station will provide faculty and students the opportunity to learn about bias, specifically racial bias. Following the presidential election, racial bias has been a prominent issue for discussion on Kent State’s campus across all racial organizations and groups, including the SMC after the presidential election. This workshop aims to educate students on racial bias and how to grasp and support peers found in similar situations.

Discrimination Station shows the importance of peers uniting during times of affliction and conflict. Several student leaders and faculty will be hosting the workshop to provide empowerment among students and to show students how to react effectively to a negative situation. This workshop targets more than empowerment and support, but how Kent State and its organizations view and respond to racial issues and discrimination, specifically those that occur on campus.

Dr. Talea Drummer, Director of the Student Multicultural Center, views the workshop as a valuable opportunity for all students.

“We hope to empower our students that they do not have to have a negative reaction to a negative situation and for them to understand their resources related to it,” said Dr. Drummer.

Discrimination Station will be held Monday, Feb. 20 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in room 310 A/B of the Student Center. The SMC and DEI encourage all students and faculty to attend the interactive workshop.

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The Student Multicultural Center values growth of the individual student, cultural affirmation, empowerment of students, creating a sense of belonging and connecting communities that affirms appreciation for difference. The SMC provides educational, social and cultural enrichment opportunities to help cultivate an inclusive community that permeates a sense of belonging for students.

 

Student Multicultural Center Unveils New Brand

SMC Unveils New Brand Through Collaboration With The Kent State Athletic Department

KENT (February 24, 2017) – At tomorrow nights Men’s basketball game, the Student Multicultural Center will unveil a new brand video highlighting Kent State’s diverse cultures. The video seeks to demonstrate Kent State’s desire to embody an inclusive and unified student body and campus climate. This video will also create a call to action for the Kent State community to join a movement rooted in inclusion and celebration of cultures and diversity on campus.

Dr. Talea Drummer, Director of the Student Multicultural Center, looks forward to the unveiling.

“We’ve put so much work into creating a new SMC. This video will give Kent students the opportunity to see what we’re all about and what we hope to accomplish,” said Dr. Drummer.

This campaign also marks the beginning of a strong collaborative relationship between the SMC and the Kent State University Athletic Department. While the video itself represents a landmark collaboration, KSU Athletics and the new SMC campaign will continue to work together to create spaces and initiatives for student-athletes and students to connect and collaborate across different identities and perspectives.

This collaborative effort by KSU Athletics and SMC reveals the benefit of fostering relationships between students, faculty and staff while creating a unified campus platform for creating meaningful change. Across the country, universities struggle to get in the forefront of diversity and inclusion concerns among their students. This united approach between the two provides an example for other universities to embody.

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The Student Multicultural Center values growth of the individual student, cultural affirmation, empowerment of students, creating a sense of belonging and connecting communities that affirms appreciation for difference. The SMC provides educational, social and cultural enrichment opportunities to help cultivate an inclusive community that permeates a sense of belonging for students.

 

Kent State Students Join The Movement 

Kent State Univeristy Student Multicultural Center Encourages Students To Participate In Unity Week

KENT (October 13, 2017) – As the fall semester is underway, Kent State University’s Student Multicultural Center (SMC) invites students to participate in the first annual campus-wide Unity Week. Throughout the second of January, the SMC will host a variety of events encouraging studetns to celebrate their differences, while unifying against adversity and oppression for underserved and underrepresented students.

Unity week will kick off on Monday, October 16, with Chalkboard Conversations on Risman Plaza. Using a makeshift chalboard “wall”, students will be able to express their feelings about diversity and unity by writing on each of the walls. One will read, “diversity is…” while the other reads, “unity is…” These prompts will urge students to express themselves while ovserving what these profound terms mean to the other students on campus.

On Wednesday, October 18, the SMC will host the Speed Date to Educate event. Students will sign up to participate in a mock speed-dating event where half the students stay stationed at a table while the other half move from table to table, briefly sharing their own experiences with diversity and unity and how unifying has impacted their lives.

The week will conclude on Saturday, October 21, with the Super Saturday community service project event.

For sign up information about Speed Date to Educate and Super Saturday, visit www.kent.edu/smc. Follow the SMC on social media for updates and photos of Unity Week and other SMC happenings.

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The Student Multicultural Center values growth of the individual student, cultural affirmation, empowerment of students, creating a sense of belonging and connecting communities that affirms appreciation for difference. The SMC provides educational, social and cultural enrichment opportunities to help cultivate an inclusive community that permeates a sense of belonging for students.